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America's Story from America's Library Website Poster Image

Quirky stories bring history to life on this colorful, engaging website that offers a peek into American history using text, video, and photographs to illustrate the past.

Arcademics Website Poster Image

Play lively math, vocabulary, and geography games for free on this helpful site. Many games feature shooting and kid-friendly characters such as elephants and aliens.

Biblionasium Website Poster Image

A safe social-networking site where kids can log, review, and share favorite books. It's COPPA-compliant and helps kids learn how to talk about books and form opinions as they share thoughts with friends.

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper Website Poster Image

Vast library of educational links, covering almost every topic that comes to mind, a boon for kids doing online research. Each category (for example, "English") is broken into subcategories (grammar, mythology, poetry, literature, and authors).

Book Creator Website Poster Image

Simple app lets kids craft their own ebooks to read or share. Users pick images, place text, and choose background colors.


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Help Your Child at Home

  • As school gets harder, help your child get into a homework routine. Set aside time each day, in the same place, at the same time, for kids to do homework and to start developing organizational skills.
  • Talk about age-appropriate news. Encourage your child to point out main and supporting ideas in a news story, and encourage him or her to come up with synonyms and antonyms for key words.
  • Cook with your child to help him or her develop an understanding of fractions. Experiment with volume: Show that one third is more than one quarter but less than one half.